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Archives from August 2007
The War Criminal in the Living Room
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The media is silent, Congress is absent, and Americans are distracted as George W. Bush openly prepares aggression against Iran. US Navy aircraft carrier strike forces are deployed off Iran. US Air Force jets and missile systems are deployed in bases...
The Biofuels Trap
ROBIN MITTENTHAL
We must move our nation beyond fossil fuels. But let’s not be suckered by the promoters of biofuel alternatives like corn ethanol and soy biodiesel. Large companies that stand to reap billions in subsidies and tax breaks from these energy "sour...
Kenneth Foster Lives
DAVE ZIRIN
I sit here stunned: a goofy smile on my face, a tear on my cheek. This must be what victory feels like. Forgive me if I’m not familiar with its near-narcotic euphoria. For folks who haven’t heard, Kenneth Foster’s death sentence was struck...
Do We Have the Courage to Stop War with Iran?
RAY McGOVERN
Former CIA Analyst Why do I feel like the proverbial skunk at a Labor Day picnic? Sorry; but I thought you might want to know that this time next year there will probably be more skunks than we can handle. I fear our country is likely to be at war with Iran-an...
Auto Makers Push Health Care Trust Solution for Industry in Crisis
CHRIS KUTALIK
A rising chorus of business gurus is singing the praises of a new solution to the U.S. auto industry’s ongoing crisis: one big health care trust for all the Big 3’s workers. According to the proposal’s cheerleaders, by making giant one-time pay-i...
Subprime Lending and Shady Mortgages
MATT VIDAL
Does anyone remember corporate ethics? This was the big economic issue after the collapse of Enron, WorldCom and other major companies at the beginning of the 21st century. Books were cooked, winks and nods acknowledged. Enron and WorldCom used a range of ...
The Benchmarks Iraq is Missing
ROBERT WEISSMAN
The Government Accountability Office has confirmed the obvious: the "benchmarks" the U.S. Congress set out to assess progress in the Iraq war will not be met by a September deadline. Unfortunately, it turns out that Iraq is making major strides in...
Watching Freedom’s Watch
RICHARD FORNO
A new grassroots lobbying effort headed by former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleisher is running a series of "pro-war" videos to support military operations in Iraq. While I sympathize with all who have served, suffered, and/or died during th...
Why I Am Not Going to the Protest
JEFF GIBBS
I am not going to the protest. I am tired of protests: they don’t stop wars. Not protests that are mostly about sign waving and hooking up with friends and strangers and feeling the solidarity and then going back to work or school on Monday. They say the def...
Dianified
BINOY KAMPMARK
Plus ça change. Markets are turbulent, Iraq is disintegrating, and we still have time for a dead Princess. Or so we can assume when looking at some of the commemorative gush that is streaming out ten years after Diana’s death. Not even Winston Churchi...
Global Financial Apartheid
DENNIS BRUTUS And PATRICK BOND
In three months, the G20 group of major financial powers will join us in South Africa, hosted near Cape Town by the gregarious finance minister Trevor Manuel. As usual the ministers will wine and dine, and protesters will suck teargas. But elite self-congra...
Whiskey is for Drinking, Water is for Fighting
RUSSELL MOKHIBER
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime. That was Balzac. Update to Balzac — behind every great political issue lies a corporate crime. Take water, for example. For centuries, water was part of the commonwealth. Then ...
Dead Forest Defenders
JOHN ROSS
Mexico City. Mexico’s 56.000.000 hectares of lush forestland covering a quarter of its national territory and comprising 1.3% of the world’s forest resources, are increasingly littered with the corpses of dead forest defenders. With the ...
The Sierra Club Greenwashes Al Gore
MICHAEL DONNELLY
The Sierra Club accelerated its plunge to environmental irrelevancy, firmly cementing its role as Democratic Party lapdog by awarding its highest award, the John Muir Award, to Carbon Off-set magnate, Al Gore, Jr. The club announced this year’s awar...
Arabic as a Terrorist Language
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
A good friend and former Professor of mine always began his classes on the developing world with an introduction to Islam. One of the first points driven home in the class, semester after semester, was the difference between Islam and Arabic. While the terms are o...
Larry Craig on the Seat
GARY LEUPP
The Jeff Gannon Affair drew our attention to the fact that a male prostitute with minimal journalistic credentials can spend many hours in the White House on days when there were no press briefings, with the Secret Service log of his comings and goings mysteriousl...
They Call Him Dr. Cruel
MARTHA ROSENBERG
Leaving a government job for the private sector used to mean an end to pressure, accountability and visibility. But not for former Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) administrator, Dr. W. Ron DeHaven, the Department of Agriculture’s top veter...
Seasons of Discontent
JEFF LEYS And BRIAN TERRELL
Hi Ho. Hi Ho. It’s off to Washington, D.C. we go. For another demonstration at the seat of power. But hold on a minute. This fall and winter, the road to the seat of power goes through Iowa with its first in the nation presidential caucus. Let...
The Truth Tellers
WILLIAM S. LIND
As good news continues to flow from the "surge" — some of it true, some of it false and all of it spun — it is easy to forget the bottom line. The bottom line is whether or not we are beginning to see the re-emergence of a state in Iraq. Thre...
The GOP’s Outed All-Stars
DAVID ROSEN
One more Republican conservative was outed this week for his illicit sexual conduct. "Roll Call," the newspaper that covers Capitol Hill, broke the story that Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor disorderly conduct for soliciting a ...
Christie Todd Whitman’s Nuclear Spinning Wheel
DIANE FARSETTA
"Was it wrong to try to get the city back on its feet as quickly as possible?" an exasperated Christine Todd Whitman asked members of Congress. The occasion was Whitman’s first appearance before the House subcommittee investigating her handling of ...
The Mass Shia Pilgrimage to Kerbala
PATRICK COCKBURN
The Iraqi government is struggling to overcome opposition at home and abroad as more than one million Shia pilgrims brave sniper fire to converge on the holy city of Kerbala for a religious festival. The immense pilgrimage is, in effect, a show of strength ...
Surfing Gaza
RICHARD NASSER
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The Vanishing American Vacation
DON MONKERUD
In 1882, New York clamored for an appearance by the champion of laissez-faire capitalism, Herbert Spencer, who provided Charles Darwin with the phrase, "Survival of the fittest." Spencer agreed to meet the captains of American industry, but his ap...
Environmentalists and the Housing Crisis
ALAN FARAGO
So far, environmentalists have been silent on economic and political calamities tied to the housing bust. One could not expect otherwise. Environmentalists may be natural conservatives, but they are not natural capitalists. The way forward is first of all t...
More Shame, More Sorrow
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
In the administration of George W. Bush, the Republican Party has achieved the greatest combination of idiocy and evil in human history. The Republicans have bogged America down in a gratuitous and illegal war. The war has destroyed Iraq, killed between 650...
Echoes of 9/11
JENNA ORKIN
The tragic fire at the former Deutsche Bank building in Lower Manhattan on Saturday which took the lives of two firefighters, Joseph Graffagnino, 33 and Robert Beddia, 53, and which has already spawned a criminal investigation, highlights problems about which the ...
The Costs of the Afghanistan War
WINSLOW T. WHEELER
Telling us how many dollars have been spent on the war in Afghanistan is fundamental to the Department of Defense’s (DOD) effort to garner public and congressional support for prosecution of the war. It should also be a simple question. It is not. Th...
Confronting Katrina
DAVE ZIRIN
"I’m scared to return. Too much death. Too many spirits." This is what a friend said to me the week before I left for New Orleans. I had never been to the Crescent City. He had traveled there many times – a "home away from home" ...
Who Won’t Stand Up for Kenneth Foster?
BEN DAVIS
Barring a miracle–and miracles are in short order on Texas’ death row–Kenneth Foster is likely to die Thursday. The battle around his case has been a heroic one. Kenneth’s horrifying story of being condemned to death on a misapplication of ...
Good Riddance, Gonzales
ANDY WORTHINGTON
OK, so the departing Attorney General was not as malevolent as some made out: more a willing pawn of his old friend George W. and the recently departed Karl Rove, and, moreover, of the genuinely malevolent Dick Cheney, and his close associate David Addington. The ...
Drug Wars
FIRMIN DeBRABANDER
In Baltimore, the murder toll hit 200 in mid-August, and is expected to easily surpass 300 by the end of the year. Baltimore’s murder rate is slightly down from record highs 10 years ago, though, when the city counted a murder a day. Since the mid 1980s, tha...
Abbas and the Abyss
RAMZY BAROUD
The rash and self-defeatist behaviour emanating from Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas and his close circle in the West Bank cannot possibly be intended for the benefit of the Palestinian people or for their internationally sanctioned struggle for huma...
The Language of Force
URI AVNERY
Soon after coming to power, Ariel Sharon started to commission public opinion polls. He kept the results to himself. This week, a reporter of Israel’s TV Channel 10 succeeded in obtaining some of them. Among other things, Sharon wanted to know what th...
Katrina, Two Years Later
BILL QUIGLEY
One. Build and rebuild community. When disaster hits and life is wrecked, you immediately seem to be on your own. Isolation after a disaster is a recipe for powerlessness and depression. Family, community, church, work associations are all important –...
The Fight to Save the Rocky Mountains
JOSHUA FRANK
This year I find myself in Colorado attempting to put a few miles between my overburdened mind and the mechanized drone of Southern California. The allure of the Rocky Mountains has once again compelled an escape. A tempered abandonment from the rat race. This spo...
Roger Stone’s New Patsy
ANTHONY PAPA
The bizarre hi-jinks coming out of the upper echelons of New York State politics continues to get stranger and stranger each day. First there was Troopergate, a story broken by NY Post Editor Fredric Dicker This involved Governor Eliot Spitzer’s offi...
Nuclear Fear Factor
CHARLES PEÑA
Even as the International Atomic Energy Agency is meeting with Iranian officials to discuss increasing the openness of Iran’s nuclear program, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad remains defiant about Tehran’s right to pursue such a program — i...
Bush’s Vietnam Fantasy
CHINA HAND
President Bush recently attracted considerable attention and criticism by stating before the Veterans of Foreign Wars that the takeaway from Vietnam was that we cut and ran too soon, and we should not duplicate that mistake in Iraq. Actually, the president ...
Without Struggle There is No Progress
ASHLEY SMITH
Notes from a speech at an anti-war rally in Kennebunkport, Maine. Forty years ago this year, Martin Luther broke his silence and spoke out against the war in Vietnam. He denounced its atrocities and condemned the US government as "the greatest purveyor...
The General Reports
JORGE MARISCAL
In early November of 1967, the administration of President Lyndon Johnson ratcheted up a media campaign designed to convince the American people that victory in Vietnam was possible. Dubbed the "Success Offensive," it began with coordinated leaks to the ...
Chronicle of a Coup Foretold?
ANTHONY DiMAGGIO
When I look at the Bush administration’s actions in Iraq, I can’t help but be reminded of a scene from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. Consider the parallels, for example, in the classic scene between Graham Chapman and Michael Palin, where K...
Gonzo’s Gone
DAVE LINDORFF
Let’s be clear. Alberto Gonzales is resigning as attorney general not because he’s become an embarrassment to the Bush administration-which has repeatedly shown itself to be beyond embarrassment-but because he is no longer useful. Exposed as a serial l...
Why Politicians Won’t End the Iraq War
RON JACOBS
In the coming months, Washington DC, San Francisco, New York and several other cities will be the sites of a number of actions against the US war in Iraq. These protests, which include and encampment and march the week of September 22 – 29, a protest on Sept...
India and the New Nuclear Era
BRUCE A. ROTH
India’s Prime Minister Singh has cut the sweetest deal for his country since it became an independent nation 60 years ago. The Hyde Act, along with the 123 Agreement, will open the U.S. nuclear trade to India and create up to 27,000 jobs and $100 billion in ...
ADL’s Foxman’s Forges Impossible Alliance of Armenians, Turks and Boston-Area Jews
JOHN V. WALSH
Last week CounterPunch was the only national outlet, to the best of our knowledge, to report the disturbances caused in the Boston suburb of Watertown over denial of the Armenian genocide by the national Anti-Defamation League (ADL...
Poshed Up
BINOY KAMPMARK
The Beckhams are struggling. No, not because of David’s own talents, which may be endless and ill-used at a read soccer club one would normally associate with stoned cosmologists, but because of his wife’s, which are finite indeed. Her role, if you rem...
My Favorite Scientists
RUSSELL D. HOFFMAN
On August 15th, Dr. John W. Gofman died of heart failure at 88. He was the best, and so naturally, the nuclear industry hated him, denounced him, tried to discredit him, and, whenever possible, ignored him. They hated him because they could not dispr...
911 Emergency! Calling Robert Fisk!
MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.
Correspondence between Carmelita McQuillan and MANUEL GARCIA, Jr.; shared with CounterPunch in the hopes it helps Robert Fisk "de-ju-ju-ize." C Quil wrote: Dear Manuel, I thought this might int...
Jesus, the Theological Prisoner of Christianity
Rev. WILLIAM E. ALBERTS
Jesus was a Jewish martyr not a Christian saviour. Like numerous other Jewish "insurgents" of his time, he sought to liberate the Jewish people from the Roman Empire’s brutal occupation of their country. He did not die on a Roman cross for "th...